Flea bargains and the law of giving

Shuchi Pandya, Co-founder Pipa + Bella Jewellery

Shuchi Pandya is just the kind of girl we love to feature on Fuffabulous. Not just because she dresses stylish or has co-founded the cool and glam jewellery brand Pipa + Bella, but also because she loves vintage and shopping at flea markets as much as we do. As someone with a bohemian and quirky taste in fashion, she is always on the lookout for that unique, one-of-a-kind purchase. “I like good quality, branded stuff too. But what matters most is a unique style and comfort above all else,” she says.

Pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Light pink dress with ruffles, H&M

Shuchi along with her cousin Komal started the online jewellery store called Pippa + Bella in Mumbai last year, which is also based on a unique social selling concept where interested women are invited to be the brand’s stylists. They are then given training, marketing material and every other kind of support after which they can hold their own events and exhibitions for Pipa + Bella jewellery. Having been raised in a family of established jewellers it was only a matter of time before the cousins took forward the family business in their own way.

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

Purchased in 2011; Number of times worn: 1

One of those rare high street buys, Shuchi bought this dress with a ruffled neckline from H&M in NYC in 2011 and wore it out once for brunch. Usually she clears her wardrobe of clothes she doesn’t wear every three months, but wasn’t until now able to give away this dress. Since she shares her wardrobe with her sister, there is always “an influx of clothes”- “It is best I clear my wardrobe of what I don’t wear any more so that all the new things can fit in!” she says.

DSC_4619-1The dress is perfect for a UK size 8 and is easy summer day-wear.

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)

Diary of the vintage girls

Mehek and Shikha Agarwal, Viange Jewels

As the women behind the vintage designer jewellery label, Mehek and Shikha have brought an old world charm to the country’s fashion forward women. From Sonam Kapoor to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, movie stars have been besotted by their vintage finds, and Viange has become a sought after label for those who like their jewellery with a nostalgic touch.

Navy and black dress by Vero Moda

Navy and black dress by Vero Moda

The sisters sell earrings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches from the dreamiest European labels including Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, and many more – one off pieces that are rare finds. It is not a surprise that both of them love fashion, shopping and vintage. Travelling while sourcing jewellery for their label, there is a lot of collateral damage to their own wallets. But they aren’t complaining!

Purchased in 2011

Purchased in 2011

However, what is a surprise is a stark difference in their buying and purging habits. “I get bored very easily,” says Shikha. “I can wear things again and again,” says Mehek. This pretty much sums up the reasoning behind the individual shopping decisions of the stylish duo. Mehek is a thoughtful buyer and a hoarder. “I am very possessive about my stuff,” says Mehek, who still has clothes from 10th grade that she has not been able to give away. “I don’t known when I might need them again,” pleads the 24-year-old.

Number of times worn: 1

Number of times worn: 1

“I like giving away my things so I can buy more,” laughs Shikha, the older sibling. The impulsive shopper that she is, Shikha doesn’t put in too much thought before making her purchases and so doesn’t get too attached to them. “I let go of things. In fact, when we were younger, I used to give away a lot to Mehek,” she says.

Vintage pearl and gold earrings

Vintage pearl and gold earrings

Mehek bought the navy and black Vero Moda dress to wear to New Year’s eve celebrations but never used it again. Although reluctantly, she finally decides to detach from it so someone else can give the dress a second lease of life. Since Shikha already purges regularly, she gives away a beautiful pair of pearl and gold Viange earrings. Both items previously cherished, but now ready to be someone else’s.

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The dress is perfect for a UK size 8. 

Model friend: Kadambari Sadekar; Styling: Rachana Nakra and Radhika Dhawan; Accessories: Radhika Dhawan; Photographs: Karan Nevatia (karan1981@outlook.com)